Last Updated August 2014
(We will eventually get around to providing an update, but for now, our only intention is to make our content available to the haunting hobby again. Please accept our apology for not rushing into this.)
For a more complete explanation of our operational philosophy, read our
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NOTICE: The website disappeared from Februuary 2010 until August 2014, and is now back due to the kindness of my friend Scott Rider, who is providing web hosting. Heartfelt thanks go out to him for his participation in renewing our web presence!
We are no longer a business. This means we no longer sell kits or products of any kind. However, the site will remain as a free service to the haunting community, and will continue to be updated.
We are sorry about this, but due to numerous reasons, both economic and logistic, it was unavoidable. Prices on supplies and services have risen sharply, and have made our props more expensive than we find acceptable. Also, many other suppliers are selling FCG kits - or so we have been informed - and have been able to offer the kits at lowered prices that we cannot afford to match. (Check eBay or other auction sites and you will find them.) Other halloween how-to sites also offer kits. These are not the only reasons we are quitting our business operation, though, and be assured we did not make this decision quickly or lightly. Please accept our apologies for this change, but the decision is a final one.
Please Note! We no longer recommend the use of PVC plumbing pipe elements in compressed air setups. If you have been using PVC, please discontinue using it. Although we have been using it in our shop for years without incident, we have reliable reports that it becomes brittle with age when used with compressed air and may shatter under pressure. We are converting the manifolds in our shop to black metal pipe of the kind used in natural gas applications. This is safe for use, and we heartily recommend it. The plastic quick disconnects we show are safe, and this warning does not apply to them.
MOTOR UPDATE: The new version of the 6 rpm FCG motor is part number 1MBF5 (Dayton) and it is available at: http://www.electricmotorwarehouse.com/Dayton/2Z804.htm (1MBF6 is the second motor -12 rpm - for the Hitcher mechanism.)
For those looking for a cheaper alternative and don't mind using DC current - and redesigning the motor platform, these links may be helpful:
Maurice Cedeno has invented a motorized version of the Grave Popper, which is a nice alternative for those who don't wish to use Pneumatics. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rklUl429ndM and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vQ5yU5b-DE for movies of the prop and his haunt. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
A neat tip: Phantasmechanic Kevin Meagher offers a method of flying an FCG outside of a window while keeping the motor platform indoors and out of the weather. Click here for complete details and a link to his illustrations. (Kevin admits that it's still on the drawing board, but I already know it'll work with the right tweaking. ;-)
And so... If you have a neat adaptation of a non-FCG prop from our site, be sure to tell us about it! We may feature it with a story on the site. Or, if you have a unique adaptation of the FCG mehcanism - such as the one above - we'd love to see that as well. (If you can create a custom page we can link to, it would be helpful!)
Call me at 817-361-0024 if you need assistance, or just want to talk haunting. :-) Be sure to note our new address:
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Just Imagine: Halloween! - An introduction to haunted imagineering
Audience Focus in Haunted Attractions - A concise guide to planning a better haunted attraction, with hypothetical examples
Cautions! - Please read this before you build!
Haunting with Compressed Air - All the basics of compressed air, and the Grave Popper mechanism.
Grim Organist Plans
Dark Ride: the story - a novella by Doug Ferguson. A curious young lad's obsession with dark rides leads him to near disaster, a mysterious new friend - and straight through the bang doors of the twilight zone!
The Haunted Hotel - Pepper's Ghost in a miniature setting
Product Review - Lemax's true mini-blacklights make tiny UV effects a snap!
Our 2004 Home Haunt - with cool stuff to copy!
Other Night Creatures - Our links page
|Our image page is now being hosted by Pat Jones. I will be passing all images to him, or - preferably - you can send them directly to him at Pat@kickthefog.com. Feel free to use the above banner on your own project page if you wish. A link back to us would be appreciated!|
|A MUST SEE
Most every technique used by today's Halloween haunters was learned from visits to classic dark rides and walk-through attractions. If you don't know about this rich legacy, you owe it to yourself to visit this excellent site. Allow yourself some time - you'll want to see it all, and there's a lot to see! (By the way, I am now a proud contributor and editor for this site, so check it out!)
Dark Ride Project
|Have a look at Tom Gore's latest project on the
Dark Ride and Funhouse Enthusiasts
site. He's using vintage spinning Pretzel cars! Be sure to visit the entire site while you're there, too...
(Tom now has his own site at: http://www.bricktownamusement.com)
...and from The Horror Dome!
(Be sure to see their version of the FCG with white glowing eyes!)
...and another from Halloween Heaven!
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